Problem: What is the formal charge on the carbon atom in carbon monoxide?A. 0     B. 1     C. 2     D. 4     E. -1

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We’re being asked to determine the formal charge of chlorine in CO.


To do so, we need to do the following steps:


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

Step 4: Calculate the formal charge for the indicated atom. 


Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:


FC = Group # - (Bonds + nonbonding e-)


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What is the formal charge on the carbon atom in carbon monoxide?

A. 0     B. 1     C. 2     D. 4     E. -1

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